This position is based from the Nampa Research office where Technicians operate and maintain two rotary screw traps. The work sites are on Marsh Creek and upper Salmon River at the Sawtooth Hatchery. The work schedule is typically eight days on with six days off, including weekends and some holidays. A camp trailer and groceries are provided during the work shift.
Incumbents must be able to lift and carry up to 60 pounds with occasional lifting and carrying up to 100 pounds for short distances, with or without reasonable accommodations. This position often involves working in cold water for long periods in variable and often adverse weather conditions.
Technicians are responsible for maintaining and operating two rotary screw traps. Typical trap duties include: Collecting and PIT-tagging juvenile steelhead and Chinook salmon, measuring and weighing fish, collecting genetic and scale samples, mounting scales for aging, recording biological information, data entry on a laptop computer, routine QA/QC of field data, maintaining field equipment, camp trailers and fleet vehicles.
Technicians also assist in Chinook redd count surveys during August and September. This will require working long hours, walking in and along streams, handling salmon carcasses and navigating by map and GPS.
Applicants should have a BS degree in fisheries or related field or the equivalent from job experience and training. Individuals that have experience operating screw traps, implanting PIT tags, collecting biological data from both adult and juvenile salmonids will receive preference. Proficiency in Windows based software such as Word, Access, and Excel is essential for the position. Experience towing and backing trailers, operating ATV’s, 4x4 vehicles, chain saws, winches and a variety of power tools is desired. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.